When referring to a penis, what noun do you prefer to use? I usually say cock, because I think dick is somehow not as descriptive, and maybe even slightly demeaning to the organ in question. I'm not sure why. Perhaps because dick is also often used as an insult (in the US), but cock is rarely an insult. Cock also sounds more powerful and purposeful to me. What nouns do you hate to hear? I hate the ridiculous-sounding crude names that might have been pulled straight from a porn mag, like fuckstick and meatpole. Penis is too clinical. Todger is too flippant. What do you think?